Title Biography for RANKIN, the Hon. Dame Annabelle Jane Mary, DBE
Database Biographies
Date 17-05-2023 08:19 AM
Source Parliamentary Library
Current member No
State Qld
System Id handbook/allmps/K28

RANKIN, the Hon. Dame Annabelle Jane Mary, DBEBiography for RANKIN, the Hon. Dame Annabelle Jane Mary, DBE

Senator for Queensland

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1946. Re-elected 1951, 1955, 1961 and 1967. Resigned 24.5.1971.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Housing from 26.1.1966 to 22.3.1971.

Committee Service

Joint Standing: Broadcasting served from 17.10.1947 to 31.10.1949

Joint Statutory: Public Works served from 23.2.1950 to 19.3.1951

Senate Standing: Standing Orders served from 17.10.1947 to 19.3.1951; Parliamentary Library served from 17.10.1947 to 31.10.1949; House served from 17.10.1947 to 31.10.1949; Printing served from 17.10.1947 to 31.10.1949; Regulations and Ordinances served from 22.10.1947 to 31.10.1949; Disputed Returns and Qualifications served from 22.10.1947 to 31.10.1949

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Australian Delegation to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference, Ottawa, September 1952.

Represented Australian Government at Independence Celebration, Mauritius, 12.03.1968.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Opposition Whip in the Senate from 1947 to 1949.

Government Whip in the Senate from 12.6.1951 to 26.2.1966.

Other Positions

Assistant Commissioner of the Young Women's Christian Association War Services in Queensland.

Organiser of the Queensland Junior Red Cross.

Member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment from 1940 to 1942.

State Secretary of the Girl Guides Association from 1942.

Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand from 24.5.1971.


Born: 28.7.1908, South Brisbane, Australia

Died: 30.8.1986, South Brisbane

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Not married

Qualifications and Occupations

Employed with the Union Trustee Company, Brisbane (Qld).


Appointed a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 13.06.1957.

Military Service

Attached to Women's War Service from 1943 to 1946.